TAPA EMEA names advisory board members

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has created a new Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) advisory board to help it become an “end-to-end supply chain resilience organisation”.

The advisory board will be led by TAPA EMEA president and chief executive Thorsten Neumann.

Other members of the board are: Gilad Solnik, director of security and loss prevention, EMEA, Amazon; Michael Schmidt, chief security officer, Volkswagen; Frank Ewald, head of corporate security and crisis management, Deutsche Post DHL Group; and Paul Linders, global head of Security, CEVA Logistics.

Under its new structure, TAPA EMEA will retain elected officers in the roles of chair — Marcel Saarloos of HP; vice chair — Jason Breakwell of Wallenborn Transports; and and treasurer — Ap Boom of Amazon.

Neumann commented: “Covid-19 has placed more emphasis on supply chain resilience than ever before, and that’s why we are achieving record growth — but we plan to deliver much more.

“Our new structure retains the outstanding stewardship we have enjoyed from our officers in recent years and now also injects the knowledge and expertise of highly experienced and respected chief security officers representing some of the world’s biggest brands to inspire, sense-check and spearhead our growth strategy and digital transformation.

“The willingness of Solnik, Schmidt, Ewald and Linders to join our new EMEA advisory board reflects their personal commitments to achieving the very highest levels of supply chain security and resilience, and promises significant benefits for our members as we move forward.

“We are proud of have executives of their calibre helping to shape our future.”

TAPA was founded in 1997 to help manufacturers and logistics providers minimise losses from their supply chains.

In June 2019, the appointment of Neumann as TAPA EMEA’s first full-time president and chief executive highlighted the association’s initiative to shift from being managed solely by volunteers to a professionally-led structure.

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